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The Most Commonly Prescribed Medications For Spinal Disc Pain

Dr. Ron Daulton, Jr.

Medications are almost always the first treatment of choice by most doctors when you suffer with a spinal disc condition. Most of the time, the medications help temporarily, but there are some very serious points you need to consider when taking these.

First of all, you have to realize that these drugs are only providing pain relief – they do not heal the problem itself. Why is this important?

Well, these will only provide temporary relief, and if you stop taking them, the pain will return because you didn’t actually correct the problem. In addition to that, most people will develop a tolerance for these drugs, so they are usually not effective for the long–term.

I should also point out that these medications are not designed to be taken for the long–term. Most of them should only be taken for about a week at the most. If you take them for longer periods of time, or at higher dosages because you are building a tolerance to them, there are some very serious side effects that may develop.

Does that mean you shouldn’t take these medications?

Ultimately this is something you need to discuss with your doctor, but even with what I’ve said above, I have absolutely no problem with a person taking medications for temporary relief. A lot of times, this can be helpful in the sense that if you are dulling the symptoms, you can start the work that needs to be done in order to get the affected disc to heal.

Can a disc really heal? My doctor told me that would never happen!

Absolutely, a disc can heal! Most doctors are not familiar with the current research which shows that it doesn’t matter what the diagnosis is – a spinal disc problem CAN and DOES heal UNDER THE RIGHT CIRCUMSTANCES.

What does that mean?

There are certain treatments that you need to be utilizing, and most doctors are not aware of these because they are not familiar with the most current research on this topic. At the end of this article, I’ll be going over some of this research and showing you how you can utilize a series of treatments to get the best results for your condition (if you want to skip right to that part, you’re welcome to click here now or use the Table of Contents at the bottom of this page).

But for now, since this part of the article is about medications, let’s get right to it.

Below I’ve listed the most commonly prescribed medications for spinal disc pain, and I’ve categorized them based on the drug class that they fall under (I did this because all of the medications within a certain class of drugs will work the same, have similar side effects, similar drug interactions, etc.). If you know of a specific medication that you are trying to find out about, you can just click on the link below for the drug class that it falls under for more information about that particular drug. You can also click the Next button below to go through each of the medication pages in order.

(Non–Steroidal Anti–Inflammatory Drugs)

Medications In This Group Include:

Celecoxib (Celebrex)

Diclofenac (Voltaren, Solaraze, Flector, Cataflam, Pennsaid, Zipsor, Cambia)

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Midol, Caldolor, NeoProfen)

Meloxicam (Mobic)

Nabumetone (Relafen)

Naproxen (Aleve, Naprelan, Naprosyn, Anaprox)

Analgesics (Pain Relievers)

Medications In This Group Include:

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol, Ofirmev, Mapap, Feverall, Acephen, Mejoralito, Xl–dol, Nortemp, Tempra, Bf–paradac)


Morphine (Avinza, Duramorph, Kadian, DepoDur, Astramorph)

Tramadol (Ultram, ConZip, Ryzolt)

Tylenol with Codeine

Vicodin (Lorcet, Xodol, Hycet, Zydone, Maxidone, Zolvit, Co–gesic, Liquicet, Vicodin, Norco, Lortab)

Muscle Relaxers

Medications In This Group Include:

Baclofen (Lioresal, Gablofen, Kemstro)

Carisoprodol (Soma)

Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril, Amrix, Fexmid)

Tizanidine (Zanaflex)

Corticosteroids & Anesthetics (Cortisone Injections, Epidurals And Oral Steroids)

Medications In This Group Include:

Corticosteroid injection


Methylprednisolone (Solu–Medrol, Medrol, Depo–Medrol, Hybrisil, A–Methapred)

Selective Serotonin & Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SSNRI)

Medications In This Group Include:

Duloxetine (Cymbalta)

Anticonvulsants (for Neuropathic Pain)

Medications In This Group Include:

Gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise, Fanatrex)

Pregabalin (Lyrica)

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